Weekly food agenda: International Pancake Day
Friday 04 March 2011
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday is an excuse in many areas to gather and eat flapjacks. A look at gastronomic events in the coming weeks.
Paris Cookbook Fair
Billed as the largest cookbook and wine book meeting in the world, this year's event features Italy as the guest country. Cheese is the star food and the key topic is street food. The cookbook sector is seeing double digit growth worldwide, led by Asia and Latin America. Chef Alain Dutournier, owner of acclaimed French restaurant Carré des Feuillants, will be presiding over the fair as President of Honor, to replace food writer and TV show presenter, Claudia Roden.
The show is open to the public.
23rd Annual Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show
Albuquerque, NM, USA
Touted as the most visited food festival devoted to spicy foods and barbecue, the 23rd edition will feature 200 exhibitors hawking 1,000 products that test spice lovers' mettle. One of the recurring highlights of the festival is the Scovie Awards, handed out to winners in different categories like best hot sauce, best spicy cheese or best spicy beverage.
19th Annual Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
This 11-day food festival is toasted as the culinary event of the year for Victoria, with 250 events celebrating the region as the food and wine capital of Australia. This year's MasterClass celebrates three central themes: Women of the Kitchen, The Lost Arts, and Stars of Spice featuring numerous internationally renowned chefs including Ray Choi of Los Angeles, Denmark's Thorsten Schmidt and London's Angela Hartnett.
International Pancake Day
In the UK and commonwealth countries, Shrove Tuesday is known colloquially as Pancake Tuesday. Pancakes and doughnuts are associated with the day preceding Lent as it was a means to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season began. Women in Liberal, Kansas, and Olney, England, gather every year for pancake races, running down the street and flipping pancakes along the way.
Natural Products Expo West
Anaheim, CA, USA
Billed as the world's largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show, this year's show will have a greater emphasis on technology. Attendees can download the Expo West iPhone app, for instance, and educational sessions focusing on digital solutions will feature speakers from Google, Entrepreneur Magazine, and other social media experts.
The International Food and Drink Event
March 13 - March 16
The UK's largest gathering of international food and drink suppliers hits London with a few new features including the New Product Zone showcasing new products from 12 categories including bakery, confectionary, cheese, dairy, organic and seafood. The UK Barista Championships will crown the best, human coffemaker and live cooking demos that use fresh regional ingredients.
Orlando, FL, USA
The world's largest trade for the international snack food industry brings together owners, executives and buyers from around the world. This year's expo features 1,000 exhibitors and professionals who represent potato chips, cereal snacks, fruit snacks, cookies and cake snacks. This year will also feature a special Latin American Track with the entire program in Spanish.
Celebrity Chef Tour, James Beard Foundation
A rare opportunity for guests to mingle with the celebrity chef who prepares their meal, the Celebrity Chef Tour brings the culinary glitterati to venues in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, San Diego, Philadelphia etc. On March 25, White House Chef Walter Scheib cooks at The Palisades Restaurant in Eggleston, Virginia, and on March 28, Yankee Stadium turns into a giant kitchen with chefs Mike Isabella, Jennifer Carroll, Gavin Kaysen, Steve Evetts, Noah Carroll, and Host Chef Kevin Harry.
American Bakers Association Convention
San Antonio, TX, USA
The headline speaker at this year's ABA Convention will be Walmart Chairman Lee Scott, and the keynote address delivered by politician Newt Gingrich who will discuss his vision for the US and the current political climate. The theme for this year's event is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the enrichment of flour.
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